Project ADVANCE "Q & A"


What is Project ADVANCE?

Project ADVANCE is a summer transition program designed to prepare high-school students with disabilities for the university environment and its demands.

Navigating university can require new (or more developed) skills such as reading, writing, note-taking, time management, stress management and self-advocacy. During Project ADVANCE, students will have the opportunity to evaluate their own skill set, develop new skills and learn how to find and navigate resources on campus.


When is Project ADVANCE offered?

Project ADVANCE is a two week program offered in the summer. The program calendar changes from year to year. The coming year’s dates can be found on our Project ADVANCE page.


How do participants benefit?

Project ADVANCE provides students with the opportunity to get a head start in acquiring the essential skills needed to be successful university students. By the end of the program, participants will be equipped with:

  • an increased understanding of the expectations and standards of university courses;
  • critical academic and life skills;
  • experience studying at the university level;
  • knowledge of assistive technologies and campus supports available at York;
  • affiliation with other students with disabilities.

What can I expect a typical day at Project ADVANCE to look like?

Each day at Project ADVANCE is made up of workshops that will help students develop the skills needed for university.  These workshops teach the following skills:

  • Reading and writing strategies for university level materials
  • Computer skills and assistive technologies
  • Self-advocacy skills
  • Note-taking and study skills
  • Strategies for test-taking
  • Time management
  • Stress management

A typical day might look like this:

Time Activity
8:45 - 9:00 Participants arrive and get ready for the day
9:00 - 9:45 Assistive technology demonstration
9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 11:00 Stress management session
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:00 Self-advocacy skills
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 13:45 Time management session
13:45 – 14:00 Break
14:00 – 15:00 Reading strategies session
15:00 – 15:30 Check-out

Who can attend Project ADVANCE?

Project ADVANCE is available to students who:

  1. Have a documented disability (learning, mental health, physical, sensory, or medical disability)
  2. Are residents of the Province of Ontario
  3. Have accepted an offer to attend York University in the coming Summer, Fall or Winter terms

How do I apply?  Is there a fee to attend?

Applicants must complete an online Summer 2017 Project ADVANCE Application Form.  As part of their application, students must include a personal statement (250-500 words) indicating why they want to attend Project ADVANCE.

A $200 registration fee is required upfront. However, this fee will be refunded pending an 80% program attendance rate.


Can I stay on campus, in residence, during Project ADVANCE?

Applicants who would like to stay in residence during Project ADVANCE should send an email to projecta@yorku.ca to express this interest and find out more about food and lodging costs associated with this option.

We cannot guarantee residence availability. However, provided there is adequate demand, efforts will be made to arrange residence accommodations.


What's available to parents at Project ADVANCE?

Parents who are feeling uncertain about how to support their child in achieving their academic goals can attend our one-day parent seminar. Participants will learn how to support their child’s transition to university in a way that promotes self-efficacy and independence, allowing them to thrive during their studies at York.